For the first time in the history of our country’s federal elections, voter turnout in 2008 dipped to an all time low of 58.8 per cent. There are all kinds of reasons and excuses people make not to vote but it’s difficult to believe that 42 out of 100 people have a legitimate, valid reason not to participate.
The opportunity to have a say in how our country is run, however small an individual voice may seem, is the most basic purpose for which our parents, grandparents and great grandparents built our system of government. Piecing together the laws of the land has been a long process, and they are still very much a work in progress.
May 2 the polls open for Canada’s 41st general election. Voting takes place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.